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Mar 21, 2015

March 'tankan' likely to show uptick in business sentiment

The Bank of Japan’s quarterly tankan survey for March is expected to show that business sentiment has climbed among major manufacturers following a drop three months ago, 17 private think tanks said. The headline diffusion index describing large manufacturers’ current business conditions is likely ...

OECD upgrades Japan's growth outlook for 2015, 2016

Mar 19, 2015

OECD upgrades Japan's growth outlook for 2015, 2016

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Wednesday upgraded its growth outlook for the economy for 2015 and 2016, aided by lower oil prices that are expected to boost global demand. In its interim economic assessment report, the Paris-based organization said Japan’s economy ...

Mar 18, 2015

Household financial assets hit record ¥1.7 quadrillion

Financial assets held by households as of the end of last December grew 3.0 percent year-on-year to a record high of ¥1.69 quadrillion, Bank of Japan data showed Wednesday. The year-end balance of assets rose for the sixth straight year, according to the data. ...

Exports rise more than forecast, supporting recovery

Mar 18, 2015

Exports rise more than forecast, supporting recovery

Japanese exports rose more than forecast in February, supporting the nation’s emergence from a recession last year. The value of overseas shipments rose 2.4 percent from a year earlier, the government said, compared with a median estimate for a 0.3 percent increase. Imports fell ...

Mar 17, 2015

Investment adviser pins hopes on corporate governance code

The nation’s planned corporate governance code, to be introduced in June, will help Japanese companies to grow, said Colin Melvin, chief executive officer of British investment advisory firm Hermes EOS. The code will “promote sustainable growth of Japanese companies and long-term value creation,” Melvin ...